Syracuse VA Officially Opens Women Veterans Wellness Center - Syracuse VA Medical Center
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Syracuse VA Medical Center

 

Syracuse VA Officially Opens Women Veterans Wellness Center

December 1, 2014

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                           

Contact:   Robert McLean, Public Affairs Officer

Phone:      (315) 425-2422

Mobile:    (315) 956-1394

E-mail:     Robert.Mclean@va.gov

                  Syracuse VAMC Officially Opens

                Women Veterans Wellness Center

The Syracuse VA Medical Center held a Ribbon Cutting and Open House for the newly renovated Women Veteran Wellness Center (WVWC), located on the 9th floor of the main Medical Center on December 1st. The Women Veteran Wellness Center will provide primary care, specialty care, to include care for Military Sexual Trauma and reproductive health care.  U. S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) was the guest speaker for the event.  Medical Center Director James Cody welcomed guests from the community to include Veterans and family members.  

The construction of the WVWC started in 2013 and was completed in May 2014.  The Center is approximately 4,000 square feet with two procedure rooms, 4 exam rooms, 2 nursing triage rooms and 1 mental health consultation room.  1.1 million dollars was spent in construction and design.  The WWC offers a state of the art, spa-like environment. 

The waiting room has a fireplace, serene furnishings and overlooks the Syracuse University campus.  It is handicap accessible, and built with energy star considerations.  It is a private and secure center for female veterans.

The WWC has two full time providers, Dr. Harminder Grewal (FP) and Natalia Myogkota (NP).  Together they care for nearly 1000 women including primary and gender specific care.  These two providers also provider gender specific care to another 200 women in primary care teams Red and Blue.  The Wellness Center also provides gynecology services 4 days per week, urology 3 days per month, and mental health services four times weekly. 

Starting in January a clinical pharmacist will be available in clinic on a regular basis.  The WVWC also provides rural health care with tele-mental health, tele-gynecology and tele-primary care phone clinics.  The WWC will soon offer education to female only groups for diabetes, hypertension, and anxiety.